Smart mirrors are a great way to seamlessly display important information in an unobtrusive way. We see a lot of smart mirror projects that can show you the weather, your tasks, and more, but most of them are made from utilitarian rectangular mirrors. Max Braun’s new smart mirror uses a gorgeous table mirror from Danish design house Normann Copenhagen, and even integrates some cool new features we haven’t seen before.
The Normann Flip Mirror that Braun used isn’t cheap, but it is beautiful to look at. The elegant curves and soft colors give it a unique personality, and it’s practically a work of art in its own right. To convert it into a smart mirror, Braun started by prying off the mirror glass from the metal shell. He then drilled a small hole in the shell for a USB cable, which powers a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Android tablet mounted in the shell.
Around the tablet is a custom PCB, onto which a ring of 32 LEDs are mounted. Those LEDs are controlled with an Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE board, which is in turn connected via Bluetooth to the tablet. The whole thing was then covered in a standard two-way acrylic mirror that was laser cut to fit the shell perfectly. Because he had an Android tablet full of hardware to work with, Braun’s smart mirror has some features that you don’t normally see on magic mirrors. For example, when a face is detected, it turns on the ring of LEDs and snaps a photo. It can also provide information like the traffic on the way to work.
If you want a smart mirror that brings a little more to the table, Baun’s build should provide a lot of inspiration.